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3:00 am >> u.n. weapons inspectors leave syria after investigating last week's chemical weapons attack, but the u.s. may not wait to hear their findings. >> obama: a lot of people think that something should be done. >> responses have been narrow and limited. >> hello and welcome, and you're watching al jazeera. also ahead six people die in protests in egypt.
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and in the democratic republic of congo, tensions are riding. and a verdict is expected in the case of a minor and a fatal gang rape which has shocked the country. >> but first, th the last of the united nations' chemical weapons inspectors left syria. they drove across the border into neighboring lebanon. the 13-member team have been gathering evidence at the sites of last week's suspected chemical weapons attack. we're joined live from the crossing on the lebanon-syria record. zana, as we said, u.n. inspectors are out. they crossed into lebanon. what happens next? >> well, yes, they've crossed
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into lebanon. they've taken samples, evidence from rebel-controlled territories. they even visited a government hospital because according to the government some of their soldiers from exposed to gas. now they'll undergo laboratory tests, and this could take time. some are toda saying up to two . the departure could have been a sign that the west would start launching strikes against the syrian regime. but as you can see behind me we're at the main border crossing, and it's not out of the ordinary. yes, syrians are fleeing their country. they're leaving, they're scared. a lot of cars that we are seeing really have damascus plates
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numbers. but just look behind me. you can actually see more people returning to syria. their military assets r repositioning them, and we understand that soldiers in neighborhoods in damascus so if the west decides to carry out a strike, then their forces would be among the population, really. >> zeina, many thanks. the departure of u.n. inspectors clears the way for a strike against bashar al-assad government. president obama says any strike would be narrow and limited. we have reports from washington. >> reporter: well insisting he
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hasn't decided what to do in syria, president obama has made it clear he will do something. even if traditional allies do not go along. >> part of the challenge a that we end up with here is that everybody thinks something should be done but nobody will do it. >> where a thug and a murderer like bashar al-assad. >> reporter: secretary john kerry described the evidence but did not provide any, ned releasing a summary that he says proves that bashar al-assad are behind the attacks. but the u.s. says it has proof that detailed in the map
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provided by the white house. >> we also know many disturbing details about the aftermath. we know that a senior regime official who knew about the attack confirmed that chemical weapons were used by the regime. reviewed the impact, and actually was afraid that they would be discovered. we know this. >> reporter: what they admit they don't have, physical evidence from the scene, and they don't have hard evidence that assad ordered this attack. all of the allegations are being called lies by the syrian government. >> mr. cherry was dependent on old tales put forward by terrorists more than a week ago which contained fabrications, lies, and false allegations. >> reporter: and polls show that the administration has yet to convince that the military intervention is necessary. almost 80% want the president to get approval from congress
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first. that does not appear to be the plan, but as the military plans are ready, arms experts are warning that targets need to be carefully selected. >> the united states and france and others have to be careful not to strike the actual chemical weapons depots. in doing so one could make a bad problem much worse. it could spread the chemical agents. >> reporter: a senior administration official tells me they don't know where all the chemical weapon stock piles are in syria, but this will be a quick strike, not a long conflict. the president talks about what his intensions are. al jazeera, washington. >> well, al jazeera explains now just what the u.s. president is expected to do before any strike
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is launched. >> reporter: we do know that president obama has not yet made the decision about military strikes, but once that decision is made it will be executed, we believe, within hours not days. president obama will relay that mention to the pentagon. it will be september to the chair of joint chiefs of staff and what is known as an execute order. currently posted in the east mediterranean. we know there are five warships there now. on board those warships are the tomahawk missiles that will be used to strike syria once the mission is carried out. the president has said repeatedly this would be a limited operation in both size and scale. he'll be able to do this because these tomorro tomahawk missile
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gps coordinates on them and they'll hit the command and control and communication operation of the regime as well as any facilities that hold chemical weapons. >> let's get reaction from another important regional player, turkey. they have been a vocal critic of the assad regime. we're joined live, you heard me say turkey has been a very vocal critic, but the turkish prime minister has been speaking. what did he say? >> yes, he has been speaking, and he's been speaking strongly against the regime of president assad. he also made comments with regard to what the u.s. said it was thinking to carry out a limited strike against syria. while he said one day or two hit-and-run sort of operation would not be enough he's calling for a wider military
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intervention, something like the n.a.t.o. campaign against kosovo in the 90s. he wants the bloodshed in syria to stop, and he want the strikes of the military campaign against syria to fall, th president assd to fall. >> will turkey, then, if it is so much in favor as you say of wide military intervention, would turkey get involved? be willing to involved in that kind of military intervention? >> well, the foreign minister said that if the u.n. security council failed to take action, then there would be a coalition of countries that are intended to strike syria. however, the role that turkey would ahome in tha assume in thn
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would remain vague. now turkey has one of the biggest militaries in the middle east, and it has a good and strong naval forces navy force as well as good air force. however, we are not certain in a turkey will take such a role. maybe it will provide row just ticks to other coalition partners. do you remember they have the biggest base, and they have the biggest borderlines with syria, and that's different from any other country that wants to strike syria. so i think turkey is now in a very critical situation. on the one hand they want president assad gone. they want a wider military intervention. on the other they're fearing repercussions both security repercussions on their soil as well as the economic one.
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so turkey will need to decide what role it will take now. it's not clear if it will take any military role and any up coming military intervention in syria. >> thousands of people have been protesting across egypt amid tight security. six people have reportedly died in clashes between security force and anti-government demonstrators. we have this report. >> reporter: a display of crowd control by protesters in the streets of cairo. they want to show that they're well organized and can mobilize thousands. the alliance that stands against the military-led government defied the state of emergency for another friday. and counted against what they
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call a coup. >> i left home today because of justice, not because i'm muslim brotherhood, i never will be, but the interim government wants us to go backwards. >> i came here for egypt and all egyptians. we deserve to share the wealth of this country's resources. >> reporter: after prayers at several mosques they link up with protesters. >> we'll keep on moving and walking because they're basically afraid that the military will confront them at some point. >> reporter: special forces stationed at intersections and blocking key locations where clashes left hundreds dead two weeks ago. some too scared to join the street marchs waved from their apartment. many stood by the 7:00 p.m. curfew, but in the scene in cairo clashes broke out in the evening and the military
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dispersedded the crowd with tear gas. pro morsi protesters clashed with residents. the confronttation has left three dead and several wounded. the muslim brotherhood is vowing to invite on despite a crackdown that has most of its leadership in prison or hiding. coalitions of anti-military groups are using these tactics to keep up the pressure. with an increasingly heavy handed approach by military forces it would seem that the showdown in egypt is far from over. >> a soldier has been shot dead in northwest egypt an unknown gunman killing the soldier and injuring two others. let's go to cairo. mike, another friday, another day of violence. is it possible to determine just how i violence yesterday
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compares with previous fridays? >> well, it's difficult to make that comparison. the violence may have been res tense in the general scale of things, but at the end of the day you still have six people killed, according to the health ministry, and hundreds of people injured in these ongoing clashes. certainly the scale of the people out in the streets of demonstrations may have been lower than previous events. one of the reasons is that most of these protests were taking part in confined areas restricted to certain neighborhoods by the army and by the police. there was no mass gathering at any particular point of all the people involved. the military claim this is dwindling evidence of those who support. something that those out in the street would seriously dispute.
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>> if they are disputing that, what is the situation on the street regarding the muslim brotherhood. the leadership has been decimated, if that's the right word, but on the street are different groups banding together o or is the muslim brotherhood isolated? >> well, the muslim brotherhood is part of a body called the ain't could yo coup alliance. it's predominantly the one that the muslim brotherhood has been fighting since it's ousted president, mohamed morsi, six weeks ago. many are outraged at the methods used. and there are those while not supporting the muslim brotherhood or, indeed, morsi,
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but are upset that he was removed by military force. although it has been current popular thought to number support by numbers in street, not necessarily correct, jew a reminder, the political arm of the muslim brotherhood was the predominant party at the last democratically election held. whether or not those supporters are still out in the streets, that's a matter of conjecture. it could be wrong and dangerous to calculate support by the number of people who are actually out in the street, which is what the anti-coup alliance is expected to do. >> in indian a court is expected to deliver its verdict on the role of a minor in the gang rape of a woman. the police say he was the most brutal and torture of the
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23-year-old victim. she was attacked on a bus in new delhi and later died in the hospital. it led to massive protests in india. in china ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit in shanghai. 30 others were taken to hospital. staying in china, three people have been killed in an earthquake. in a mountainous area in the southwest part of the country. the 5.9 quake, the epicenter was in a village of shangri la. find out why many people are stateless in south sudan. and could the boon times be over
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in australia. why the upcoming election is focusing on the economy. america.
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>> you're watching al jazeera. time to remind you of our top stories here on al jazeera. the last of the u.n. chemical weapons inspectors have lest syria. the team drove across the border to day route airport in neighboring lebanon. president obama described the chemical weapons attack in syria as a challenge to the world. he's considering a narrow military response.
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and in egypt six people died in protest against the military-backed government on friday. 160 other people were wounded. rebels in the east of the democratic republic of congo, the m 23 group has been fighting government forces and troops. malcolm webb is with the advancing soldiers as they took their positions 123-4507 these congolese soldiers are having a good day. their enemy, the m 23 rebels, have with drown from their position outside of the city of goma. this man said gon congo belongso us. we'll fight m 23 until they're defeated. these men say they'll send the rebels to neighboring rwanda.
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they believe that they are backed by rwanda, but rwanda denies. the u.n. has been fighting along side the government. these troops are moving forward towards the new front line north of the city of goma. the ones we've spoken to with u.n. support they say they've had a victory over the m 23 rebels. they are now moving forward ten kilometers. towards the new front line they fire attack. but there is no rebels here. they're firing as a show of might. she show combat fatigues from the rwanda army. again, rwanda denies it. nearby this hilltop was a rebel
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stronghold. this mask was destroyed in the shelling. at the bottom of the hill is the body of a man shot dead. his arms are tied. he looks like a prisoner who was executed. both sides say the other is responsible. m 23 claim it pulled back to make way for independent observers, but everything here suggests there was a lot of heavy fighting. >> we cannot stop fighting because they're fighting us, too. we also have to retaliate. they need to lay down their weapons and surrender. only then will we stop fighting. >> congo soldiers continue their advance. the rebels are somewhere ahead. these men have made some gains, but their fight may not be over yet. malcolm webb, al jazeera, near goma in the democratic republic
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of congo. >> striker are threatening to take takes tuesday. they want a 60% of increase. the national union of mine workers which reps half of the workforce say they have given notice of the stoppage. when sudan and south sudan separated millions of people found them on the wrong side of the new border. many were allowed to return to their respective countries, but as we report, thousands living along the disputed border now have no official status. >> reporter: here people are dancing to celebrate the success of their farms. they're sharing their land now with people who had to flee their homes and no longer have farms of their own.
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in april around 10,000 people livinlive leaving when armed fos bombed them. >> they claim our area to be their place, the river, that's why they attacked us. we don't have the power to fight with them. so we civilians run and we brought our children where it's safe. but since then she has not had assistance because she's not officially classified as a refugee. the government said she technically remained in the same country. and sudan also claims that they cannot classify her as a displaced person either. because this population doesn't have an official status they're not getting the same services.
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many of the people came with absolutely nothing, and they simply don't have the means to take care of themselves. >> reporter: it isn't possible to give them the same assistance aassistance. >> it would mean that their political status is a a priority to us, which it isn't. we do not wish to discuss their political status before providing assistance. we provide assistance as persons who needs assistance and not determining their legal status. >> reporter: food is already scarce in this community and health problems are expected, but as things stands this displaced population won't be entitled to humanitarian support because of a political stalemate. al jazeera.
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>> alcohocolombiaen strike farmn protesting against agricultural and trade, and want better prices for their products. australia goes to the polls, and they're one the few who ahere to have dodged the financial crisis. >> nigel worked at this textile factory for 16 years but on saturday it closed for good. >> we all knew it was coming. everyone knew what was going to happen. it was a case of when. a lot of people are worried because they can't support themselves and their families. >> reporter: until recently
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australia's economy was the envy of the world. money was pouring in from china, buying australia's natural resources. >> knew china is easing off when it comes to infrastructure spending. >> reporter: iron and coal prices are down. high commodity prices led to ahigher australian dollar making exports harder to sell and imports cheap. the australian dollar is now falling 15% this year, but for many that is too late as unemployment creeps up. interest rates stop spending. vince recently set up a store in
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the sydney market. >> you might get a couple of days here and there, it's hard. and not many people in the business for over 0 years and they've just gone backwards. >> reporter: there is increased speculation that australia could be on the verge of an economic troubled time. do you see that as a genuine danger? >> i think we can navigate what lies ahead, and there is no economy better equipped to do that than this australian economy. >> reporter: compared to other developed countries australia's economy is on the face of it still strong but it's looking shakier than a few months ago. next week's election could be a good one to lose. al jazeera, sydney. >> there will be plenty of
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information on the australian election on the website. that's one of the pages that blogs on there, the latest sport, and of course the top headlines were right across the middle east, including syria.